KDE Themes - Installation - Too complex.

Scott kde-fan at angrykeyboarder.com
Wed Jan 11 09:48:35 GMT 2006

On Wednesday 11 January 2006 01:46, Philip Rodrigues wrote:
> Scott wrote:
> > Agreed?
> >
> > Then please vote for this bug.
> >
> > http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=119208
> >
> > Thanks. :-)
> Since the maintainer closed the bug as WONTFIX, your best bet is to take a
> different tack. Two things suggest themselves to me (apart from writing the
> code yourself, of course):
> 1. KDE 3.5 is feature frozen, so any proposed feature would have to wait
> till KDE 4. Therefore, you could start investigation and discussion into
> how theme installation could be done in KDE 4: Look at the technical issues
> with themes, how they're dealt with by other OS's/DE's (MacOS, Gnome, etc)
> and suggest some ways to do the same in KDE 4. This would be an appropriate
> discussion for the kde-devel mailing list.

Are non-developlers "allowed" on the kde-devel mailing list?

> Bear in mind that it's too early 
> to be writing code for KDE 4, but planning structure and so on is something
> that can be done now.

In other words, my timing stunk.

> 2. Improve the documentation on kde-look. I haven't looked into it myself,
> but I imagine there's a lot that could be done on this front.

This site's existance is very unfortunate.  It's the "unofficial-offical" site 
for KDE themes.   In other words, "Official" documentation refers to it and 
refers users there, but it's still not part of KDE.     That right there is a 
problem.  But that's for another discussion.

Meanwhile the guy who runs the site is very uninterested in changes (unless 
it's his idea).  And it's really up to ordinery folk like you and me (or me 
anyway) to have the brains to properly document the themes we upload.

However, the biggest problem is that a) most are not packaged at all, it's 
pure source code and b) packaged or not, they are often out of date and 
incompatible with current Linux distributions.  

> Lots of 
> people turn up in #kde on IRC not knowing how to install the theme they
> just downloaded from there. 

And KDE developers aren't aware of this?

> While I mention it, there's also some 
> uncertainty among users about the difference between themes, styles,
> windecos, etc etc. I guess you should talk to the kde-look admins if you
> want to take this approach.

I have talked to the admin. He's useless.  He says "I put up the site - the 
community does everything else".

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